Where is your hometown?
Powdersville, South Carolina
Education and Training
College/University: College of Charleston
Medical School: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Residency: Duke University
Honors and Awards
- 2020 Appleseed Resident Teaching Award, Duke University School of Medicine
- 2016 Alpha Omega Alpha, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
- 2016 Gold Humanismm Honor Society, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Tell us briefly about your background before embarking on your medical training:
I was raised in a small community outside of Greenville, SC with my 4 siblings. I grew up enjoying music, sports (particularly college football), and the outdoors. I met my to-be wife, Rachel, in elementary school, and we married shortly after college.
Please outline your career plans in gastroenterology (If you know it at this point in your training):
I have research and clinical interests in diseases of the esophagus, particularly reflux and motility disorders. I hope to practice general gastroenterology with a clinical focus on complex esophageal disorders.
What were you looking for in a fellowship program?
I was looking for a program with high-volume exposure to a breadth of pathologies, expert faculty with an track record of mentorship, established infrastructure to grow my research interests, and an atmosphere of camaraderie at all levels of the division. Duke GI exceeded all these expectations and was the most complete program I encountered.
What advice might you offer residents looking at fellowship programs?
More so than residency, each gastroenterology and hepatology training program is unique, with specific strengths and opportunities for its trainees. I recommend reflecting on your career goals and identifying fellowship programs that are primed to help you achieve those goals – whether that is a career in clinical research, academic GI, or community practice. Few programs provide exceptional clinical training, clinical volume, research opportunity, and mentorship for all career paths, and Duke GI is a prime example of this.
From your experience in fellowship, what have you learned about training at Duke?
Duke offers a phenomenal and robust training environment with exceptional, but grounded mentors who are invested in your success as a trainee. The camaraderie and community of the Duke GI family is simply invaluable.
How is your life in the Triangle area outside of work?
The Triangle is very convenient and conducive to life as a trainee. You have easy access to a wide variety of stores, restaurants, breweries, and parks in each of the uniquely flavored towns of Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh. The area is big enough to host major concerts and festivals, but small enough to easily commute between work, home, and play.
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Please tell us about some of your hobbies and interests outside of work:
I enjoy rooting for the Clemson Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers, but have also adopted the Duke Brotherhood for basketball. My ideal day is spent on the lake wake surfing with my wife. I also enjoy learning about life from my dogs, working in the yard, and struggling at golf.
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